Are you already hearing people ask, “Is Mercury in retrograde?” That might be because at this moment four other planets are already in retrograde causing all kinds of chaos around us mere mortals.
On July 26th, Mercury and Mars both will be joining the four other planets already in retrograde: Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune. With six planets in retrograde things are about to get very interesting.
“Retrograde,” is a term that refers to when a planet’s orbit looks to be going backwards. Astronomy tells us that planets don’t really change course, it just appears that way to us down here on Earth. In truth it’s more of an optical illusion of a cosmic proportion at play. Any shift in the solar system brings with it astrological influence in our lives and a chance to gain wisdom from it. This large of a planetary cluster in retrograde, is going to be a doozy of a time for us all.
Planetary retrogrades have no set rules with each planet being of different sizes and orbit lengths. Some planets are in retrograde for only a few weeks, like Mercury, while others last several months, and some planets may not go into retrograde again for a year or more.
While we know retrogrades can shake things up, it’s important to note that every planetary retrograde gives us an opportunity to reexamine and reflect on our lives. What you are focused on may have something to do with the planetary energies at play above us.
With Mercury going into retrograde on July 26th, under the influence of the very passionate, expressive, and oh so dramatic Leo, expect plans to stall, messages to be bungled, and your best laid plans to be a jumbled mess, despite your best efforts. It can make you want to pull your hair out. It can be very tempting to try and plow ahead despite all of confusion and mayhem. Mercury in retrograde is the time we need to slow down, take a second look at the way we oftentimes steamroll a big project forward, even when we should be slowing down, checking all our details thoroughly. It happens to the best of us.
Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology all while in flamboyant Leo. It’s easy for us to get bruised egos, and ruffled feathers as we attempt to force things to work in our time frames. Mercury, often seen as the trickster of the planets, means this it’s important to have all your ducks are in row when working on projects, legal matters, or planning any trips. Mercury in retrograde is the time to slow down and take our patience with all that we do.
Another fun quality found during Mercury doing its’ backwards dance across the sky is miscommunication, technological misfires, and the potential for contracts and legal matters to go afoul. Many Astrologist recommend for you to wait to sign any contracts while Mercury is in retrograde, or at least be very careful in all legal matters you negotiate during this time.
Another important consideration during Mercury in retrograde is making sure you take extra caution around computers and electronic devices. It’s often at this time cups are spilled, things are dropped, and careless accidents occur around your precious devices because we didn’t prepare well enough. Take precautions to be extra vigilant to plan for possible difficulties in mind. Make sure your spare tire is aired, that you leave yourself enough time to get to the airport, to have your directions clear in case of technology snafus. You can’t go wrong making sure you take extra precautions in any area Mercury rules over. In many ways this is how Mercury teaches us to take our time.
To keep your wits about you, learn from the prefix re, as it means to go backwards. Review things a second or third time. Repeat yourself when needed for clearer communication, reacquaint yourself with friends you haven’t seen because you’ve been busy, renew projects you’ve set aside, rekindle a romance of old, revisit a favorite place.
Stones and herbs that can help you during Mercury Retrograde
With all that said, life goes on, even during retrogrades. There are a wide variety of crystals and gems that are helpful in negating some of the retrogrades’ worse affects. There is some very helpful crystals and stones that are good at energetically reminding us to slowdown, helping us to take enough time to choose our words wisely, and keeping us from taking ourselves to serious. Herbs and smudges are also helpful in navigating your way through the quagmire of difficulties that arise during this retrograde.
Labradorite helps us to see clearer despite any grey areas that are apt arise. It helps remind us to look past fearful situations, and to find the lessons that are right in front of us. It’s clarifying energy can help the mind recognize the transformations you need to consider, and actions that can lead you toward your true path. Labradorite can help you slow down when the world is spinning by readjusting your focus and balance. It can be very helpful to just hold the Labradorite while trying to make difficult decisions.
Hematite is another go to favorite for grounding and centering. When you employee the energetic properties of Hematite, it helps to bring your own energy in line with that of the Earth. It takes away all excess energies and any unwanted negativity that you might have around you into itself and clears it away from your personal energy field. Hematite is always an excellent stone to repel and release negativity at any time of the year.
Amazonite helps increase our grace and clarity when we carry it. It helps foster clear communication and offers calming, soothing energies. We can all use some of that during this multiple planet retrograde. Because of its calming benefits, it is a very helpful stone for keeping the anxiety and stress at bay.
Lemon Balm is a wonderful herb to calm and lift your spirits. Combat the drama of the retrograde by brewing yourself a cup of Lemon Balm tea. This tea is wonderful to help you cope with the little bumps that arise during this great cosmic dance. Being of the mint family it is also very refreshing during these hot summer months.
Sage is an excellent herb to help us anchor our spirit. This is the tool to use to remove negative energies from your personal space. When things feel off, or overwhelming, you can benefit greatly from burning sage. It is one of the most popular herbs to burn when seeking to cleanse, ground, and protect any space that feels in need of an energetic shift. Remember to never leave anything burning unattended.
Lavender is the right herb to use when trying to communicate more effectively with those around you. It stimulates the throat chakra and helps us to express ourselves with more clarity. A sachet hanging at your work station, hanging from the rear-view mirror in your car, or in a bath, will help you relax and communicate more clearly, all the while smelling delightful.
If you were born during a Mercury in retrograde, you may find this time helps you be sharper, clearer headed, and more energetic. This is an excellent time for you to receive job offers, promotions, and to be put in charge of large projects. It’s a golden time for you energetically. Lucky you!
Remember that all things in life have their season and time. This is a good time to let go of the notion of control, to move in rhythm with the energies at play in the cosmos, and to look for the lessons they provide.
The good news for all of us is that by August 19th, things should be getting back to normal, as Mercury goes direct.
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